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New Vehicle Extrication: High-Voltage Battery Locations on the Move

02/22/2013
by Matt Paiss In the pursuit of luxury and efficiency, Mercedes has developed two new models for 2012; the E300 Blue TEC Diesel Hybrid, and the E400 Hybrid. Unfortunately, the E300 Blue TEC diesel is for the European market only at this time. With the introduction of the Mercedes E300 & E400 hybrids, Mercedes has presented one more twist to the game for first responders. The high-voltage battery pack is not where we have been accustomed to looking for it, such as the rear cargo area or under the rear seat. Mercedes has put the .8Kw Li-Ion battery pack in the engine compartment, operating at 120Vdc. As you can see from the pictures, the battery is behind the front strut tower (normally...

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